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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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The Charlotte Observer reports there's "nothing imminent" on the Greg Olsen extension front.
Thomas Davis received his long-awaited (one-year) extension on Tuesday, but talks haven't progressed as quickly with Olsen. Whereas Davis was a 34 year old looking for one more year to be tacked onto his contract, Olsen is "only" 32 and remains in his prime. He's not looking for a one-year pillow. Olsen is currently signed through 2018. Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

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Greg Olsen caught his lone target for a 32-yard gain in the Panthers' preseason opener.

On the Panthers’ second drive, Olsen looked as spry as ever streaking deep down the middle of Houston’s defense for a 32-yard gain delivered by Derek Anderson. Olsen has lost nothing at age 32. He deserves to be the fourth tight end off fantasy draft boards, behind only Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Jordan Reed.
Aug 9 - 7:59 PM

Interim Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he's "looking at" extensions for Greg Olsen and contract-year WLB Thomas Davis.

"What we’re doing now is just evaluate where players are, looking at your veterans," Hurney said in mealy-mouthed fashion. A disgruntled Olsen and Davis were widely believed to be part of the reason ex-GM Dave Gettleman was fired, though Olsen — who is signed through 2018 — has already claimed he's comfortable playing out his contract. There's little reason for the Panthers to hit the gas with either player. Davis is 34 with an injury history and Olsen is making $13 million total over the next two years.
Aug 3 - 6:23 PM reports Greg Olsen will play out his contract.

Olsen also said, "after (ex-GM Dave) Gettleman was fired he did not want to be a further distraction." Despite his slow contract negotiations probably contributing toward Gettleman's firing, Olsen is now oddly accepting his current contract. As the most reliable component of the Panthers' offense and one of the NFL's top tight ends Olsen certainly deserves to be paid as such.
Jul 25 - 10:55 AM

Greg Olsen will report to Panthers training camp on time Tuesday.

Olsen considered a holdout due to dissatisfaction with his contract, but the Panthers are doling out money now that Marty Hurney has replaced Dave Gettleman as GM. Their first order of business was extending RG Trai Turner, and Olsen is likely now a priority. It's believed so-far-failed contract talks with Olsen and WLB Thomas Davis were at the root of Gettleman's ouster.
Jul 24 - 5:16 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports fired Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was "not interested" in giving disgruntled TE Greg Olsen an extension.

Per reporter Joseph Person, Gettleman found it unnecessary since Olsen was just given a three-year, $22 million extension in 2015. Olsen has been making noise about a holdout, and owner Jerry Richardson seems to have grown sensitive to the perception that Gettleman was cold-hearted with veteran players. It's true that he was, but it's also true that it's a necessary evil for any winning NFL franchise. Olsen's odds of getting extended are much greater than they were 24 hours ago.
Jul 17 - 1:54 PM

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said a decision hasn’t been made on if Greg Olsen will hold out of training camp.

Players under Rosenhaus rarely skip camp, but Olsen has a strong case as one of the more underpaid tight ends in the league ($6.5M annually). Olsen has a lower salary than Charles Clay, and ranks 12th in guaranteed money. The Panthers don’t have much leverage with Ed Dickson their only proven backup. Olsen would be subject to $40,000 per day in fines if he holds out.
Jul 15 - 9:04 AM

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer is taking Greg Olsen's holdout threat seriously.

While Person doesn't "think it will come to that," he conceded that Olsen's desire for a new contract is genuine and not a "media creation." He added that Olsen wants a raise "commensurate with his production" and could make things "uncomfortable" if the Panthers are unwilling to address his needs. This will be a situation to watch as training camp approaches.
Jun 25 - 10:12 AM

Appearing on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast, Greg Olsen wouldn't rule out holding out of training camp in hopes of a new contract.

Olsen has two years left on his deal at base salaries of $6.5 million. In annual average, he makes less than Charles Clay. Olsen has proven he's one of the league's best tight ends and most reliable, having not missed a game since 2007. When asked directly by Schefter if he'd skip the start of camp, Olsen said it's "too early" to say. He turned 32 in March and said he thinks he can play another 5-6 seasons.
Jun 21 - 9:46 AM

Two league sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Greg Olsen wants a raise from the Panthers.

A top-five player at his position ever since he arrived in Carolina, Olsen wants to be paid "commensurate with the NFL's top tight ends." In annual average, Olsen is presently paid less than Charles Clay and Zach Ertz. He ranks 12th among tight ends in guaranteed money and is due base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two years. Olsen is attending minicamp, and there are no indications he plans to hold out.
Jun 13 - 10:14 PM

Greg Olsen caught 3-of-4 passes for 22 yards in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Olsen led the Panthers in receiving for the fourth straight year. He finished with a 80/1,073/3 line, becoming the first tight end in history with 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Olsen saw a big drop in his touchdowns with the return of Kelvin Benjamin. That should change if Cam Newton rebounds after a career-worst year. Olsen is locked in as a top-five tight end for 2017.
Jan 1 - 5:30 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) is active for Week 17 against the Bucs.

Olsen missed the final two series last week with his elbow injury, but was expected to play. He could see limited snaps in a meaningless game. The Panthers inactives are QB Derek Anderson, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, LB Luke Kuechly, DE Charles Johnson, LB Jeremy Cash, OT Dan France, and DT Paul Soliai.
Jan 1 - 11:50 AM

Greg Olsen (elbow) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bucs.

He should play, but Olsen might see limited snaps like he did in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:04:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) did not practice Thursday.

Olsen also sat out Wednesday. The tight end played through his elbow issue last week, but with his record third consecutive 1,000-yard season already wrapped up, he could sit out the meaningless season finale. Olsen needs to get in some work Friday to have a shot.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:34:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) did not practice Wednesday.

Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Devin Funchess (knee) also sat out. With the Panthers having nothing to play for, it's unclear if, or how long, Olsen and Stewart will play in Week 17 against the Bucs. Olsen's snaps were limited in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:46:00 PM

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QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
5Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Darrel Young
2Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Damiere Byrd
4Keyarris Garrett
5Kaelin Clay
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
3Curtis Samuel
4T.J. Graham
5Mose Frazier
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Dan France
3Blaine Clausell
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
3Brian Folkerts
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
4Greg Van Roten
RG1Trai Turner
2Chris Scott
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano
2Harrison Butker